Mark Gillett

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Brent Sass and His Team

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I just watched Brent Sass preparing his dogs for the next leg of the Yukon Quest, from Peli Crossing to McCabe Creek. I watched in awe of how he is with his dogs…  He had a bag of booties and told someone how he bought 4000 of them before the race. 4000 at 85cents each… Thats a lot of cents! 

He then attended each dog taking the paws one by one and checking them for soreness or injury. Not just checking though, he took each paw and pushed gently checking between the claws. He then would kiss the dog and give it a hug, then slipping on a bootie and tying it carefully.. Each foot painstakingly checked and cared for. Each with a new bootie for the next leg of the journey and all to be repeated again very soon.

Brent shows his team the respect they are due for without them he would not figure in the race. If he did not care for them he would not be cared for by them. But more importantly if he did not care it would eventually bite in the rear in some way…

He chatted to some of the photographers with passion too. Never too busy to give of himself. Never too tired even though he had not sleep much for the last 8 days… Never too focussed that others don’t matter.

Brent is a kind of special competitor.

He is not alone, though as this race seems to breed special people and strong teams.. I have watched other in the same way and they are different from other sportsmen that are so often too obsessed with themselves and non caring. The Yukon Quest has some real stars.

Last night I watched Lance Mackey arrive at Stepping Stone, stop for a Burrito and  then checkout.. He had no reason to chat but did… But that is another story and my next….. The race continues…

The rest of Brents team…

Written by markgillett

February 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

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  1. Brent Sass is an incredible person and treats his dogs like family! Way to go Brent, we are watching and cheering from MN!!!


    February 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

  2. Thanks Mark for that informative Story about Brent Sass. I think, He is a great Person, that really cares for His Dogs.

    Marissa Elke Graef-Faeth

    February 13, 2012 at 2:58 am

  3. I like to read this!!!

  4. There is no greater glory in dog mushing than exceptional dog care. Not even winning a race can compare to being totally connected to the dogs and affording them every care possible. I particularly loved the following 3 photos from this grouping. The one of Brent making a careful study of his dogs paw. The one of him apply powder to the dogs paw. And finally the face to face connection as shown here. I wish to thank Brent and all the YQ mushers for being such good stewarts of the sport.

    Von Martin

    February 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  5. La mistica del musher, esta en ser autentico, no finguir nada apesar de la adversidad, sentir con pasion cada segundo en su vida, disfrutar de cada accion que realiza, hoy vemos como el ser un deportista de elite lleva muchos sacrificios, y que muchos de estos no se enfocan como debe ser, el competir no significa siempre ganar y llegar primero, tambien significa aprender y enseñar, creo que Brent eso es lo que hace cada vez que participa de cada actividad. MIs respetos para el y para todos los que llevan este deporte en su piel.

    Rogelio A: Gamboa Riveros

    February 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  6. I love this…I`ve always felt it was more about the dogs than the people…Brent Sass is my new fav…

    Mike Ward

    February 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

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